Book Review: Palm Beach Chic

Palm Beach Chic, by Jennifer Rudick, Photography by
Jessica Klewicki Glynn (Vendome,  2015)

One of the things that makes Palm Beach so alluring -- besides the abundant sunshine -- are the magnificently appointed homes, beautifully captured by Jennifer Ash Rudick in her new book Palm Beach Chic  I was delighted when I had an opportunity to chat with Jennifer Rudick at a book signing at Meg Braff's Locust Valley store a few weeks back.  I have been to plenty of book signings --  but so many people purchased two copies of this book: One to keep and one to give as a gift; a testament to how captivating Palm Beach Chic is for the design obsessed.

Having lived in Palm Beach for a short time after law school, I have an affinity for the Island and its eccentric inhabitants, one that Jennifer shares and captures beautifully.  What I really liked about Palm Beach Chic is the broad number of types and styles of homes represented in the book -- old and new, Mediterranean Revivals, Moorish abodes, charming cottages and mid-century condos, to name a few.  There are lush garden photos and lovely Dodie Thayer inspired tablescapes.  If you love Palm Beach,  then you must add Palm Beach Chic to your collection.

Meg Braff has a spread in Palm Beach Chic

Form the Palm Beach Chic book signing at Meg Braff Designs, counter clockwise from top: Tom Samet (center), Meg Braff (right) and friend; Jennifer Ash Rudick (left) and Amal Kapen; Meg Braff (left) and Amal Kapen (right)

  "Palm Beach Chic." is a treasure trove of gorgeous images


Textile Heaven

Miles Redd has collaborated with Schumacher to create a fantastic new line of fabrics and wallpapers which you can see here.  The absolute showstopper, I think, is his Brighton Pavilion.  I almost fell off my chair when I saw it…Looks like a hand painted paper -- but it is not, it's a regular screened paper which I think is nicer much  than the digital variety.  Of course, nothing beats the luxury, beauty and originality of a hand painted original paper from Gracie, De Gournay or Paul Montgomery,  but Miles hits it out of the park with this one.  Feast for the eyes!! Bravo Miles!!!
Miles Redd for Schumacher "Brighton Pavillion." Beyond gorgeous!!!



Giving Back: Ronald McDonald House of Long Island

On October 8th, 2015,  I was thrilled to support the Ronald McDonald House by participating in its "Taste of Design Event".  I was one of twenty-one participating interior designers to create a  10 x 10' "room" Vignette.  All of the the items used to create the space were donated to Ronald McDonald House of Long Island who sold the  items at a Gala party and weekend sale…Ronald McDonald house is a wonderfully special place where parents and families of seriously ill children can stay -- often free of charge-- while caring for their children who are being treated at the nearby Hospital.  It is a beautiful thing to support an organization that provides a warm and welcoming home away from home for families when they most need it.  Thank you to the big hearted staff and countless supporters of RMH.

Meg Braff Designs Wallpaper, "Armendelo Sidewall", Custom colored, Meg Braff Designs fabric "Menton" on headboard, Bob Collins fabric "Marrakesh" on Pillows and Duvet Cover, Jane Wilner Designs Coverlet (three line with scallop).

Vintage Rattan Chair


Special Thanks to my Generous Sponsors:

MEG BRAFF DESIGNS - Wallpaper "Armondello Sidewall", Fabric "Menton"

CRYSTORAMA - Chandelier

COUNTRY CARPETS - Seagrass Area Rug

KRAVET - Accent Fabric, Vase


and additional thanks to Supporters:


BOB COLLINSn - Duvet and Pillow Fabric "Marrkish"

RMH Taste of Design 2015 Designers:
Lisa Simek and Catherine Schweber, Accents Et Details
Alena Capra, Alena Capra Designs
Amal Kapen, Amal Kapen Interiors
Keith Baltimore, Baltimore Design Group
Susana Simonpietri, Chango & Co.
Dee Ann Federico, Dee Ann Design LLC
Tina M. Yaraghi, The Enchanted Home
Allison Mager, English Country Antiques
Gail M. Davis, Gail Davis Designs
Greg Lanza, Greg Lanza Design
Jennifer Flanders and Amy Purcell, Fifty Two Rooms
Kim Hendrickson-Radovich, Kim E. Courtney Interiors & Design
Lisa Negulic, Lisa Negulic Interior Design
Margreet Cevasco, Margreet Cevasco Design
Rajni Alex, Rajni Alex Design
Denise Rinfret, The Rinfret Group
Rosanne Lombardo, Rosanne Lombardo Designs Inc.
Michelle Mancuso, Samantha Drew Interiors
Vasi Ypsilantis, Vasi Ypsilantis Design Associates
Wesley Moon, Wesley Moon Inc
Steve Gallotti, Willis Paint & Design Center


Book Review: Carrier and Company, Positively Chic Interiors

One of the things I love about fall (besides my kiddos going back to school) is all the new design books that hit the shelves.  Carrier and Company: Positively Chic Interiorswas pretty close to the top of my list to review -- if for no other reason that their client, Anna Wintour, had written the forward and that her home was featured within.  This little tidbit sent me pouring over the pages -- but it was not what kept me looking.  The designing duo of Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller showcase their ability to master the mix and to move freely from one design style to another.  Equally at home with modern luxe and with bohemian glamour or Scandinavian country charm, this husband and wife team demonstrate why they are listed on AD100 and Elle Decor's A List (2015).


Mecox Field Trip

On a recent excursion to the Hamptons this summer, my friend and I popped into one of my favorite stores on the East End, Mecox Gardens.  In addition to the main building in South Hampton with all the yummy candles, unique accessories,  great new and vintage furnishings -- Mecox has this shed-like structure that houses all sorts of indoor and outdoor furniture, art and mirrors.  It is a real joy to poke around … Not to mention the staff is always so friendly and helpful.

Mecox always has a great selection of candles and pillows 

 A Spitzmiller lamp to Jazz things up a bit

Have to get that Valentino Book! 


Love this concrete planter with the succulents 

Vintage iron garden chairs

The "shed" is filled with furniture and tons of baskets

All kinds of unique outdoor tables abound 

Quite a few vintage gazebos mixed with concrete planters, fountains,  seats and statuary makes the grounds  a  nice place to stop and relax. 


Peek inside The 2015 Hampton Showhouse

This week I a was invited to peek inside the 2015 Hampton Showhouse and I thought you might want to take a pre-opening tour.

The 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse will open to the public this week and will run from July 26 through September 7.  The Showhouse,  presented by Traditional Home,  benefits Southampton Hospital and was built by Christopher Tufo Design & Build.   The Showhouse is located  at 233 Old Sag Harbor Road in Bridgehampton (make sure you get direction here as we could not pull up the address on GPS, waze or google).

Preview cocktail parties are always fun and if you are in the area on Friday June 25 -- you should try and attend (tickets are $225 each and are available here). 

Of course my photos could not do the newly designed rooms justice, nor did I include all the rooms, so you must go and visit for yourself if you can!


Barbara Page Home, Dining Room

Patricia Fisher Design, Great Room

Brady Design, Family Room
Robert Brown Interior Design, Library
Marlaina Teich Designs, Kitchen 
Scot Meacham Wood Design, Mud Room

Timothy Brown Studio, Lower Level Sitting Room
Black & Poole, Archery Room

Melanie Roy Designs, Rec Room


Dyfari Interiors, LLC, Master Bedroom
Dyfari Interiors, LLC, Master Bedroom
Baltimore Design Group, Master Bathroom

Flynnside Out/Brian Patrick Flynn, Master Sitting Room
Flynnside Out/Brian Patrick Flynn, Master Sitting Room
Denise McGaha Interiors, Bedroom
Denise McGaha Interiors, Bedroom

Hagins & Mortimer Design, Bedroom
Hagins & Mortimer Design, Bedroom


Katherine Jessica Design, Outdoor Dining Area
Katherine Jessica Design, Outdoor Dining Area

Madcap Cottage, Back Covered Porch

Tyler Steven Pankratz Design, Poolhouse Kitchen

2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse Participants are: 
Abby Modell Contemporary Art Glass, Art Works & Designs, Inc., Baltimore Design Group, Barbara Page Home, Black & Poole, Brady Design, CricketsCrush LLC, Denise McGaha Interiors, Dyfari Interiors, LLC, Elise Som Design Studio, Elissa Grayer Interior Design, Flynnside Out, Gasper La Rosa Landscaping, Hagins &  Mortimer Design, Katharine Jessica Interior Design, Madcap Cottage, Mancaves, Marlaina Teich Designs, Mark Borghi Fine Art, Melanie Roy Design, Meredith Ostrom, Ovadia Design Group, Patricia Fisher Design, Robert Brown Interior Design, Scot Meacham Wood Design, Timothy Brown Studio, Tyler Steven Pankratz Design and Vintage Interior Design Inc.


Traditional Home – Presenting Sponsor
NBC TV’s Open House – Television Sponsor
Beach Magazine – Regional Magazine Sponsor 
Housepad App – Design Sponsor 
Gracious Home – Design Sponsor 

Ballard Designs

California Closets

Circa Lighting

Corbett Lighting

Crossville Inc.




Hinkley Lighting

Hudson Valley Lighting

Napoleon® Fireplaces

Pratt & Lambert Paints

Stanton Carpet


Troy Lighting


Wesley Hall